Branch Out

From little things, big things can grow

In response to a growing need for mental health support to extend to the younger years in the Macedon Ranges, Council is leading a first of its kind primary school mental health program.

Childhood is an important time for development, providing the foundation for future learning, behaviour and health. 

After months of community consultation, the co-designed Branch Out program was born to help strengthen the capacity of the community to support children and youth mental health and wellbeing. The evidence-based, preventative whole school model engages teachers, parents and students with tailor made events and resources.

Learning how to manage and respond effectively to emotions while building resilience, will be taught to parents and teachers by mental health clinicians from Tuning in to Kids. Students will explore emotions (how to identify, name and understand them) by way of music and theatre. The goal being a shared mental health literacy that addresses mental health challenges specific to the Macedon Ranges youth. 

Branch Out is currently a pilot. Having partnered with Woodend Primary School and Kyneton Primary School in 2023, we're expanding it to more local primary schools in 2024.

If you're interested in partnering, please contact Liz Austin on or (03) 5422 0333.

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